Sunday, October 31, 2010

Why We Suck


I'll make this really quick.

I may not have made it to yesterday's Rally to Restore Sanity, but I watched just about every minute of it on TV. While I did this, I of course engaged in the post-modern news and opinion-gathering technique of monitoring the pulse of those who were either there or were watching at home by logging on to Twitter and Facebook. And quite a bit of what I saw, to be honest, left me wanting to throw my laptop through a window.

I don't mean to pick on him personally, but professional disgruntled liberal standard-bearer Peter Daou's take on the rally was typical of what was popping up across the left-leaning Twitterverse, and it was essentially that what Stewart, Colbert et al were doing was unfocused, unfunny and desperately in need of some good, old-fashioned 60s-style civil rights march muscle -- that because it wasn't overtly political or especially pointed or even "entertaining" it was a missed opportunity.

And that, in a snapshot, is everything that's wrong with the left these days. Not only is nothing that's done with its general interests in mind ever enough, it's so utterly self-obsessed with what it thinks is best that it's more about personal satisfaction -- me, me, me; keep me happy; give me what I want -- than it is about actually moving the country in the correct direction.

Let me be really blunt: Look, you petulant fucking children, you overly analytical jackasses looking down disapprovingly from Olympus, willing to sacrifice some progress in favor of none whatsoever, it's not always about you.

What Stewart and Colbert did yesterday was exactly what needed to be done right now, and it wasn't about keeping you entertained or engaged; it was about the 215,000 people who turned out to provide a show of force for the beliefs that for the most part you claim to espouse. It was a victory for what Progressive America is supposed to stand for of the highest order imaginable -- and that should never be forgotten or devalued.

17 comments:

Ref said...

Well put!

Anonymous said...

A-flipping-men dude.

Anonymous said...

Exactly the point I was trying to make in the earlier post. Not to mention the dubious idea that tweeting judgements on whether comedy is funny enough in real time is just douchey.

Marci said...

Thank-you! I saw the same reactions from the left, myself, and couldn't help but think that they'd totally missed the point of what the rally was meant to be about.

Fifth Generation Leftist said...

I just got home from DC a few hours ago. I don't really care that I couldn't really hear. It was a show of solidarity, and a push-back to all the Tea Party Glen Beckian idiots who gather a couple thousand people to yell about Obama being Hitler, and the dangerous Mexicans who have convinced the media that they are the direction the country is headed.

CNNfan said...

Well, it official Chez.

Your sanity has not been restored.

Chez said...

You of all people really want to bring up the subject of sanity, Tom?

Bill Orvis White said...

This rally was nothing like Glenn's. It looked like a few hundred showed up. This tells you something, Chez. It says that WE THE PEOPLE outnumber these dimbulb liberals who smoke the funny weed and watch these Socialist idiots at night. I can see right through that Colbert man's act. He's mocking hard-working folk like me who care about the future of this once-free nation.
Amen,
Bill
Here's my latest:
http://billwhitesavesamerica.blogspot.com/2010/11/november-bloodbath.html

Busayo said...

Amen and frickin' hallelujah.

ntx said...

The best sign I saw on Saturday was in the lap of a mid-60s woman in a wheelchair. It said, "It could be worse."

At the time, I thought it was aimed at the Chicken Littles on the right. Now I wonder if was just as apropos to our resident curmudgeons on the left.

Alanna said...

and here I was thinking it was simply a Roots concert.

Kidding aside..well put, sir. You're absolutely dead on.

idiosynchronic said...

I must not be reading the right Liberals, Chez, because I've heard nary a peep out of my friends and acquaintances along what you have.

Oh, wait - yes, I did hear something like this. It was out of one of the mouths on Inside Washington this weekend, which narrows it down to Nina Totenburg, Colby King or fucking Evan Thomas. I'd lay better odds on Evan because he's the one I want to punch the most.

The problem here is not that Liberals are crying over the distraction or the missed opportunity, it was the Fucking Media Villagers whom identify as the Political Left. Of course they're going to bitch and whine because this little shindig was not about them or what they think is important.

If it hadn't been already misconstrued the online left and then adopted by people I actually halfway respect, I'd call these sacks of Me The Professional Left, witch in no way is associated or related to the the real progressives or liberals outside of the fucking beltway.

Anonymous said...

Bra-fucking-vo sir. Well said.

Ian McGibboney said...

I too was flummoxed by the reaction from many of my fellow lefties to the Stewart-Colbert rally. I'm often frustrated because I feel like a lot of us never got out of the Bush-era mindset, the whole contrarian, it's-all-the-same, everyone's-out-to-screw-us-always mode. And I think that blinds people to just how strong Obama's been as president, even though he has a long way still to go.

Like you said, the entire point of the rally was not about reclaiming America, or even about pushing a progressive agenda. Quite simply because Stewart and Colbert don't do that. They may lean left, but as Stephen once so famously said, so does the truth. What they do is poke fun at the media and at the tone of discourse in general. So really, the way they conducted the rally was exactly the right thing to do. And that's a much better and successful message than any partisan choir-preaching.

Someone from SNL (Lorne Michaels, or maybe Tina Fey) once said that they didn't want Weekend Update to be someplace where they made political statements to elicit applause in place of laughs. If that's what Stewart-Colbert were, they'd have been out of style long before this rally ever occurred.

So thanks for writing what I feel in such a frank way.

ntx said...

Before I went down to the rally, I was generally thinking about its purpose, because if you're going to blow a whole day doing something, it's satisfying to know why. My conclusion was that it probably would be a meta-commentary on meta-commentary. I was OK with that, mainly because I like to think of myself as the kind of guy who can sagely say things like "meta-commentary."

But when I got down to the Mall--with wife and kid in tow and entirely futile plans to meet up with all kinds of friends--I took in the huge crowd and realized what the event really was all about. It was pretty simple: This is what it looks like when a whole shitload of *normal* people get together on the Mall.

Web Dunce said...

Chez, you are spot on. These lefties - or whoever had bullshit commentary about the event - clearly didn't get the point. And I also must say that this rally was absolutely beautiful. I was there in the thick of it. The sound was fantastic from where I was, the comedy was hysterical, the commentary from Jon was funny and very moving. But the most awe inspiring thing about it were the people. I have never seen such a large gathering and everyone that I came in contact with was funny, polite and enjoying themselves immensely. It was truly a reckoning of the American spirit.

britta is an asshole said...

exactly.